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initial

[ih-nish-uh l] /ɪˈnɪʃ əl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
the initial step in a process.
2.
Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.
noun
3.
an initial letter, as of a word.
4.
the first letter of a proper name.
5.
a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.
verb (used with object), initialed, initialing or (especially British) initialled, initialling.
6.
to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
Origin of initial
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin initiālis, equivalent to initi(um) beginning (init-, noun derivative of inīre to enter, begin; in- in-2 + īre to go; cf. comes) + -ium -ium) + -alis -al1
Related forms
initialer, noun
initially, adverb
preinitial, verb (used with object)
subinitial, verb (used with object), subinitialed, subinitialing or (especially British) subinitialled, subinitialling.
uninitialed, adjective
uninitialled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for initialled
Historical Examples
  • She dipped her pen in red ink and initialled the foot of the essay.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • He had, in the course of his duty, initialled the message and guessed its purport.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • He gave it to the crime lab himself, which was initialled by both of us.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He is charged with having removed the initialled papers from the Slovene claims and affixed them to the German claims.

  • And she interlined and initialled the condemnation of Dr. Gotthold.

  • Every carriage is thoroughly disinfected every month, and there is always a card to be initialled by an inspector.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • "Not at all a bad make-up, Levita," Ommaney said, as he initialled the margin in blue pencil.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • The red card he carried had been initialled by the secretaires of some thirty locals all over the country.

    Jimmie Higgins Upton Sinclair
  • As regards the second group, those articles which have already been initialled are omitted.

    The Fight For The Republic in China

    Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
  • His hand took his hat from the peg over his initialled heavy overcoat and his lost property office secondhand waterproof.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for initialled

initial

/ɪˈnɪʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, at, or concerning the beginning
noun
2.
the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
3.
(printing) a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
4.
(botany) a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell
verb -tials, -tialling, -tialled (US) -tials, -tialing, -tialed
5.
(transitive) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse
Derived Forms
initialer, initialler, noun
initially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin initiālis of the beginning, from initium beginning, literally: an entering upon, from inīre to go in, from in-² + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for initialled

initial

v.

"to mark or sign with initials," 1864, American English, from initial (n.). Related: Initialed; initialing.

initial

n.

"initial letter of a name or surname," 1620s, from initial (adj.) in a specialized sense "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc."

initial

adj.

1520s, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from Middle French initial or directly from Latin initialis "initial, incipient," from initium "a beginning, an entrance," from past participle stem of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + ire "to go" (see ion).

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